"The true and straight future is right here with the government and not there in the mountains” - ex-rebel

"The true and straight future is right here with the government and not there in the mountains” - ex-rebel




Don’t be fooled by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) promise of a bright future, this was the message of ex-rebel  Rosalie Arona  when he delivered her speech at the 58th Infantry Battalion camp in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

Arona is a former political instructor of the CPP's armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), said she regrets that she once took part in the 50 years-long communism in the country.



"Just like you, I was also deceived by the NPA and I take back all that I have said," Arona said during the Dec. 21, 2019 graduation rites for former communist insurgents who joined the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's (Tesda) Special Skills Training Program in Northern Mindanao.

Rosalie Arona warns those who want to join the communist movement not to be fooled by the Communist Party of the Philippines' (CPP) promise of a bright future. Arona was among the former rebels who graduated from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's (Tesda) Special Skills Training Program in Northern Mindanao on Dec. 21, 2019.  (PNA)


The CPP has been recruiting minors to be trained as their combatants that will be the ones who will engage our government troops and as part of their training they are forced to live in the mountains.

Arona recounted as a communist rebel she was also able to recruit teenagers from Salay, Balingasag, and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental province.
As an NPA member, Arona said she took the responsibility of teaching the recruits about the communist movement's ideology.


Ten years after living in fear in the mountains, she realized that reintegrating into society would be the best decision for her.

Government helped her integration


She notes the governments projects that helped her live a normal life after she surrendered to the authorities.

"I am a witness to all the help the government is extending to former rebels," she said. "The true and straight future is right here with the government and not there in the mountains.”


Arona said she would always be grateful to the government, as she can now start her own small business at her hometown in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.






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Report from  PNA

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